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Giants vs. Cardinals MLB Picks

MLB Predictions

The St. Louis Cardinals are favored at home on Saturday night, as they host the San Francisco Giants in a game that can be seen on FOX. The Giants have been hit hard by injuries and they are struggling to stay out of last place in the NL West, while the Cardinals are leading the NL Central. The probable pitching matchup for Saturday night has Jeff Samardzija going for San Francisco, while St. Louis sends Carlos Martinez. Let’s look at the game and MLB picks.

San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Date and Time: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 7:15 p.m. ET
Location: Busch Stadium
MLB Odds
Giants vs. Cardinals TV Coverage: FOX

The Giants have not played well on the road this season, as they were 6-15 in their first 21 road games with 13 games going over, 6 going under, with 2 pushes. The Giants are scoring 3.4 runs per game and giving up 3.4 per contest.

The Cardinals were just 11-11 in their first 22 home games with 12 games going over, 8 going under, with 2 pushes. They are scoring 4.5 runs per game and giving up 3.6 per contest.

Probable Pitching Matchup - Jeff Samardzija vs. Carlos Martinez

Samardzija is 1-5 on the season with an ERA of 5.26. His overall numbers are not that bad, as he is allowing about a hit per inning but the Giants are not scoring many runs for him and most of his really bad starts were early in the season. He is 1-1 in his last three starts with a 3.74 ERA. He has a 4-3 career mark at Busch Stadium with a 4.73 ERA. He faced the Cardinals twice last season and St. Louis won both games.

Martinez didn’t win a game in April but he is 3-0 in May. He has allowed just six earned runs in his last 20 innings. He has allowed 42 hits in 48.2 innings this season. He will be getting an extra day off for this start, as the Cardinals wanted to get Michael Wacha back into the rotation. Martinez faced the Giants once last season and St. Louis won by a score of 6-3.

Key Stat

The Giants are 7-16 in their last 23 vs. the National League Central. The Giants are 3-13 in their last 16 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. the National League West. The Cardinals are 5-13 in their last 18 home games vs. a left-handed starter.

The Under is 4-1 in the Giants last 5 vs. the National League Central. The Over is 3-1-2 in the Giants last 6 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Under is 4-1 in the Cardinals last 5 vs. the National League West. The Over is 4-1 in the Cardinals last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Over is 10-3 in the Cardinals last 13 home games.

Giants vs. Cardinals Free Picks

Even though Samardzija has pitched better of late, it is still hard to take him on the road. I will lay the price and take the Cardinals and also play the game under the total.

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